NUTRITION – Are Carbs the Enemy?

Simple answer is NO! The rise of low carb diets are making people fear carbs. However, there is in fact no reason to fear carbs and these restrictive diets do not work. Restrictive diets are unhealthy, both physically and mentally.

Carbs should not be excluded from our diet. Carb-rich foods are an important source of many minerals and vitamins. Wholegrain carb-rich foods such as wholegrain bread and pasta are a valuable source of fibre. This fibre has been found to decrease LDL cholesterol, aka “Bad Cholesterol”. This means these foods are good for the heart.

Meals with around 50% carb-rich foods keep you fuller for longer compared to other meals. This will help decrease later hunger and cravings.

So NO, carbs are not the enemy. No foods should be excluded from our diet, including carbs. Make sure to include around 50% carbs in your meals and aim for wholegrain carbs to get that extra fibre.

Summary

Article Links

Here are some article links on whole grain and low glycemic index (GI) carbohydrates and their effects on health.

Whole grain consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all cause and cause specific mortality: systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies

Whole grain intake and cardiovascular disease: A meta-analysis

Long-term effects of low glycemic index/load vs. high glycemic index/load diets on parameters of obesity and obesity-associated risks: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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Published by foodnaticblog

My name is Sarah and I am a BSc Nutrition & Food Consumer Science graduate, who also is a massive Foodie! I am here to share Recipes for Health. This involves a collection of food recipes, nutrition advice and mental wellbeing tips, allowing you to reach your best possible health. Health is not just physical; optimal mental health is also crucial for a successful life. This is why I not only share recipes and nutrition knowledge, but I also share ways on how to take care of your mental health. You will find as well my own personal foodie reviews and travel experiences which will give you ideas of foods to try and places to visit!

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